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These summer bourbon cocktails are bubbly, fruity, and light: just what you need for the season! Try the smash, mule, highball, and more.

Summer bourbon cocktails

Got bourbon? So many bourbon drinks feel best suited for fall or winter, like the boozy Old Fashioned or Sazerac. But there’s a whole collection of drinks are light and refreshing. Meet our top summer bourbon cocktails: bubbly, fruity, carefree and perfect for the season! Try the minty smash, a bubbly highball, or a zingy bourbon lemonade. There’s something for everyone!

Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve made over 300 cocktails at home and honed the craft of mixing up bourbon drinks. In the off-season, try our 10 Fall Bourbon Cocktails or these 21 Bourbon Cocktails for anytime.

And now, our top summer bourbon cocktails!

More with bourbon

Want more with bourbon? Here are a few recipe collections that fit any occasion, and some information about this popular spirit:

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12 Summer Bourbon Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Bourbon lemonade is a perfect summer drink! Make fresh squeezed lemonade and swirl it with whiskey for a spicy finish.


  • 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup) homemade fresh lemonade
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon*
  • For the garnish: Fresh mint, cocktail cherry


  1. Make the fresh lemonade. (Refrigerate the pitcher for later use, or make the “By the glass” variation.)
  2. In a glass, pour in the lemonade and bourbon. Add ice and garnish with fresh mint and a cocktail cherry. (If you like bubbly drinks, you can always top off with soda water or ginger ale.)


*Want a bigger serving and serve in a highball glass? Use 1 cup lemonade and 2 ounces bourbon.

  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Summer bourbon cocktails

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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